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Facebook says it should not be blamed for U.S. failing to meet vaccine goals

Facebook defended itself against U.S. President Joe Biden’s assertion that the social media platform is “killing people” by allowing misinformation about coronavirus vaccines to proliferate, saying the facts tell a different story, Trend reports citing Reuters.

“The data shows that 85% of Facebook users in the US have been or want to be vaccinated against COVID-19,” Facebook said in a corporate blog post by Guy Rosen, a company vice president. “President Biden’s goal was for 70% of Americans to be vaccinated by July 4. Facebook is not the reason this goal was missed.”

COVID-19 misinformation has spread during the pandemic on social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Inc-owned YouTube. Researchers and lawmakers have long accused Facebook of failing to police harmful content on its platforms.

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Covid disaster looms as young ‘failing to come forward’ for vaccine – ‘Not interested’

Boris Johnson says he is ‘deeply sorry’ for coronavirus losses

All the UK approved vaccines dramatically decrease the chances of someone dying, or being hospitalised, with Covid-19. However there are concerns younger adults, who may be less at risk from the virus, are failing to get vaccinated.

Experts warn most adults, of all ages, need to get vaccinated if Britain is to achieve herd immunity.

This would prevent another surge in coronavirus infections, especially when England’s remaining restrictions end on July 19.

According to the Health Service Journal (HSJ), vaccine uptake amongst young people was raised at a meeting of the North West London health overview committee, on Wednesday.

The publication reports Pippa Nightingale, chief nursing officer at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, said they have enough doses but are struggling to attract younger people.


There are reports some young people are failing to come forward for vaccines (Image: GETTY)


A queue for coronavirus vaccines in London (Image: GETTY)

She commented: “We’ve got all of our vaccination centres only really operating at about 30 percent of their capacity because that’s the people that are turning up.

“So we’ve got staff there, we’ve got vaccines there, but we are really struggling.

“That’s the picture across London, it’s also a picture across the country.”

Ms Nightingale warned some young people think they “don’t need the vaccine” because, if they catch Covid they are less likely to end up in intensive care.

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57 percent of 18-24 year olds have had their first Covid jab (Image: GETTY)

All adult age groups are now able to get coronavirus vaccines, with the youngest becoming eligible in June.

NHS England figures show 56.7 percent of those aged 18-24 have received their first dose, along with 64.8 percent of those aged 25-30.

There are reported to be particular difficulties persuading young people to get vaccinated in London.

Speaking to HSJ an insider said: “First doses are really off the wall low in London, huge numbers of under-40s, and especially under-30s not coming in.


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The Government believes vaccination is the best way to beat coronavirus (Image: GETTY)


A queue for coronavirus vaccines at the Arsenal stadium (Image: GETTY)

“They’re just not interested and it’s not sinking in.

“Lots of supply available in London, it’s all demand based.

“When we raise that it’s a public health issue to weigh in on, we get told to just keep offering appointments.”

More than half the UK’s adult population has now received two coronavirus jabs.

Coronavirus: GP calls for daily figures to ‘not be published’

From July 19, in England, the remaining legal restrictions on gatherings will be removed.

On Wednesday another 49 deaths were reported, across the UK, of people who tested positive for Covid-19 over the last 28 days.

Another 42,302 coronavirus cases were reported, the highest figure since January.

New cases across the UK have now exceeded 30,000 for eight days in a row.


The UK has recorded over 128,000 coronavirus related deaths (Image: GETTY)

On Tuesday 158,276 people received their second coronavirus vaccine in the UK, with another 59,073 getting their first dose.

Speaking to Express.co.uk an NHS spokesperson said: “Take up of the Covid-19 vaccine remains high with more than 85% of adults having their first jab, including three in five people aged 18-24 and thousands still coming forward each week.

“Local teams have been working hard to ensure it is as easy as possible for young people to get their jab offering both appointments and walk-ins at convenient locations.”

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Joe Biden in danger of failing two major Covid milestones as US vaccination rates decline

The US President set out two targets earlier this year – he wanted 70 percent of the country to have had a Covid vaccine by July 4, and wanted to ship 80 million doses worldwide by the end of June.

As of writing, 54 percent of the US has had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine while 46 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

According to Our World In Data, the US has administered 177,088,290 first doses and 149,667,646 second doses of coronavirus vaccine as of Sunday.

But vaccination rates have slowed dramatically, with the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting 848,611 preliminary jabs administered on Monday.

The New York Times has warned that if the rate of vaccinations stays at current levels, only 67 percent of adults will have had at least one vaccine dose by July 4.

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Press secretary Jen Psaki has insisted the US is making “tremendous” progress with its vaccine rollout, but blamed younger people for the lower uptake.

She said in a press briefing on Monday: “First let me say we’ve made tremendous progress in our vaccination efforts to date.

“As we dig into the data, we know that what we’re seeing is a lower rate among young people.

“That’s concerning especially with the Delta variant being on the rise as it as it is, which does not discriminate by age, which still could cause death, serious illness.”

On Monday, the White House detailed distribution plans for the first 55 million Covid jabs to be sent abroad out of the promised 80 million.

According to a fact sheet from the White House, approximately 41 million vaccine doses will be shared through COVAX with 14 million for Latin America, 16 million for Asia and 10 million for Africa.

The remaining 14 million will “be shared with regional priorities and other recipients” like Colombia.

The White House said in a statement: “Sharing millions of U.S. vaccines with other countries signals a major commitment by the U.S. Government.

“Just like we have in our domestic response, we will move as expeditiously as possible, while abiding by U.S. and host country regulatory and legal requirements, to facilitate the safe and secure transport of vaccines across international borders.”


But so far, less than 10 million of the promised doses have been delivered with the US Government previously saying they would “allocate” all 80 million by the end of June.

White House officials admitted Mr Biden would fall short of his commitment because of regulatory and other hurdles, according to the AP.

Ms Psaki downplayed the delay, and blamed logistical challenges for the delay in getting doses of the vaccine overseas, including customs, language barriers and shipping issues.

She said: “What we found to be the biggest challenge is not actually the supply.

“We have plenty of doses to share with the world, but this is a Herculean logistical challenge and we’ve seen that as we’ve begun to implement.

“When we work with countries, we need to ensure that there’s safety and regulatory information is shared…
“Sometimes it’s even language barriers that occur as we’re working to get these doses out to countries.”

It comes as Mr Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Dr Jill Biden all visited vaccination centres to boost uptake.

On Monday, the US recorded another 3,892 cases and 83 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In total, the country has recorded 33,552,686 cases and 602,047 deaths.

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Three reasons for Harry Kane's Euro 2020 struggles as England risk failing to meet target

Harry Kane spelled out before England‘s sleepy-eyed, wake-up call against Scotland that he regards reaching the Euro 2020 semi-finals as a bare minimum for his side. They will not do so unless he springs to life.

The substitution of the England captain for the second game running against the admirable Scots underscored his underperformance at this tournament so far.

Much was made ahead of it on England’s embarrassment of creative riches but one goal in two matches is a source of concern. Kane is their primary goal source but has delivered a resounding raspberry so far.

In 155 minutes on the field at Wembley he has managed just three goal attempts, two of which went wide and one of which was blocked. There has been nothing on target which, for Kane, over a span of two matches is almost unheard of.

It isn’t as if he is making up for his lack of effectiveness in front of goal in other areas. A largely anonymous Friday evening against Scotland saw him touch the ball just 19 times.

Something is missing. There are three possible explanations.

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The first is that he is simply knackered after the congested domestic season but then that could apply to most players at the Euros.

The second is that he is carrying an injury of some sort. His history of ankle issues at Spurs stretches back five years. There have been two more this year including one as recently as April, sustained against Everton.

The third is the one which looks most compelling, that the uncertainty over his future is weighing him down. Kane is the consummate professional but he is not a robot even if he sometimes sounds like one. Next season’s Premier League fixtures are already out and he does not know for certain where he will be playing his club football. Tottenham face Manchester City on the opening weekend. He could be running out for either team.

Gareth Southgate has plenty on his plate after the Scotland game but none more important than rebooting his World Cup Golden Boot winner and this is a subject on which he could help having put in a transfer request of his own at Aston Villa just before the 2000 Euros. He ended up staying but he too had it hanging over him during the tournament.

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While Southgate had, by that stage of his career, already had experience of a transfer having been sold by Crystal Palace five years previously, this is virgin territory for Kane. He had his loan spells early on in his career but essentially he has been a one-club man and his emotional investment in Spurs is deep. The wrench will be a big one if he leaves and not just for football reasons with a wife and three children to relocate.

Two quiet – make that silent – games in a row for Kane and there has been knee-jerk talk of axing him from the starting line-up. No-one is undroppable as Kane himself said after the Croatia win but that way insanity lies.

The England system has been built around Kane. Dismantling it now – in a tournament in which the side remains unbeaten and still on course to qualify for the knockout stages – would be crazy.

His only like-for-like replacement, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored four goals for England; Kane has scored 34. He is England’s totem.

Unless he does have an injury, he has to start Tuesday’s game against the Czech Republic and try to play his way back into form.

Kane has been binge-watching Game of Thrones episodes in his down time at this tournament. If he has reached season six he will have come across Jon Snow being brought back from the dead.

Kane’s situation is not quite so extreme but his resurrection against the Czechs is critical for the health of England’s tournament.

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Fatty liver disease: Dandruff could indicate your liver is failing increasing your risk

The liver is a reddish-brown, cone-shaped organ found in the upper right portion of your abdominal cavity. A healthy liver typically weighs around three pounds and is capable of holding approximately 13 percent of the body’s blood supply at different times. When the liver is failing, fatty liver disease may ensue which is a result of poor lifestyle choices including alcohol abuse. A sign your liver is deteriorating may include experiencing dandruff.

White, scaly plaques on your scalp otherwise referred to as dandruff could indicate liver problems.

In Chinese medicine, the most common cause of dandruff is “liver blood deficiency”, said acupuncturist Angela Hicks.

She added: “Blood, amongst other things, moistens the body, so ‘blood deficiency’ doesn’t mean you are anaemic but that your blood isn’t moistening your scalp sufficiently (the blood deficiency also causes psoriasis).”

Other health conditions which cause dandruff as a symptom include:

  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Psoriasis
  • EFA Need
  • Liver Congestion
  • Vitamin B6 deficiency

In most cases, fatty liver disease doesn’t cause any serious problems or prevent your liver from functioning normally, said the Cleveland Clinic.

The health site continued: “But for seven percent to 30 percent of people with the condition, fatty liver disease gets worse over time.”

It progresses through three stages:

Your liver becomes inflamed (swollen), which damages its tissue. This stage is called steatohepatitis.

Scar tissue forms where your liver is damaged. This process is called fibrosis.

Extensive scar tissue replaces healthy tissue. At this point, you have cirrhosis of the liver.


Fatty liver develops when your body produces too much fat or doesn’t metabolise fat efficiently enough.

The excess fat is stored in liver cells, where it accumulates and causes fatty liver disease.

This build-up of fat can be caused by a variety of things.

For example, drinking too much alcohol can cause alcoholic fatty liver disease. This is the first stage of alcohol-related liver disease.

In people who don’t drink a lot of alcohol, the cause of fatty liver disease is less clear.

Am I at risk?

Experts don’t know exactly why some people accumulate fat in the liver while others do not.

“Similarly, there is limited understanding of why some fatty livers develop inflammation that progresses to cirrhosis,” explains the Mayo Clinic.

NAFLD has been linked to a range of chronic disease markers, however.

These include:

Overweight or obesity

Insulin resistance, in which your cells don’t take up sugar in response to the hormone insulin

High blood sugar (hyperglycaemia), indicating prediabetes or type 2 diabetes

High levels of fats, particularly triglycerides, in the blood.

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Schools' solutions to help record-number of failing students during the pandemic

Author: Erin Cargile
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

In-Depth Summary:

What was expected to last a couple of weeks turned into more than a year of virtual school for many students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remote learning has proven to be detrimental to the mental, social and academic success of many children and sent the failure rate at local campuses soaring. The thought of getting them caught up is overwhelming, but teachers are rising to the challenge and creating ways to re-engage students who are struggling more than ever.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Weekday mornings are rough in the Mika household, but that’s expected with two teenagers under one roof. The lengthy wake-up process to pry Lucian, 14, and his sister out of bed starts at 7 a.m.

The unwelcome sound of their parents’ voices in their bedrooms at the bright and early hour typically leads to a successful departure for school between 7:45 and 8 a.m. Lucian emerges from his room with his hair still wet from a speedy shower and stuffs his lunchbox in his backpack right before stepping out the front door.

This routine is still fairly new for the siblings who spent months rolling out of bed and logging right onto the computer for their first class. Like most of their classmates, they had been doing virtual school from home since last March due to the pandemic.

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O’Henry Middle School student Lucian Mika, 14, attending his virtual Algebra I class (KXAN Photo/Erin Cargile)

While online school may sound much more convenient, it wasn’t going well.

The decision made by Lucian’s parents to send him back to O’Henry Middle School boiled down to multiple failing grades, along with mounting physical and mental changes they noticed. It got to the point where the eighth-grader — who was normally an A and B student — didn’t want to get out of bed, and seemed less and less motivated to succeed. For Lucian, the day in and day out of online courses was boring and tedious.

“When I’m doing it at my house, it doesn’t feel like school at all,” Lucian said. “So I just don’t want to do it.”

Lucian’s best friend Emmett Mueller — also an eighth-grader at O’Henry in the Austin Independent School District — said he usually earns As and Bs, too. But he’s had two Cs on his report card this school year. He returned to campus with Lucian right after spring break.

“I felt very sleepy pretty much throughout all of my online school experience,” Emmett said. “And, distanced because there was really not much social interaction at all.”

The teens said it’s clear during live, online classes that many of their classmates seemed tuned out, too. As the tension rose between the boys and their parents, who continued pushing them to work harder, Emmett said he invited his mom to sit in on a virtual class to see the lack of engagement from students first hand.

He said none of the students had their cameras turned on, and when the teacher took attendance Emmett said maybe one student unmuted to say “here.”

Detrimental effect on grades

Data obtained by KXAN from nearly a dozen Central Texas school districts reinforces the teens’ concerns with pandemic learning. Every district that responded to our record requests showed an increase in students failing at least one class in the past year. In several districts, that failure rate doubled.

Hutto ISD’s rate of high school students failing at least one class jumped from 17% before the pandemic to 31% during it. At Hays CISD, that same rate of failures from the first semester of last year to this year’s ballooned from 28% to 44%. Wimberly ISD had a rate of just 1.3% of high school students failing a course in spring 2020; that climbed to 18.7% in the fall. No districts were immune, and they all acknowledged the unprecedented headwind students faced during the health crisis.

Hutto ISD said it recognized the “struggles” students were having and created unique schedules to allow them to make up courses. Hays CISD said the increase in failures were “significant,” and the pandemic’s impact on education has been “clear and telling.”

“It’s more difficult to learn online; it is harder to stay focused without a set schedule or routine when not at school; and the mental health aspect of being separated from friends and traditional school experiences is real and contributes to lowered motivation and energy,” Hays CISD said in a statement to KXAN.

KXAN obtained the failure rate data charted below through the Texas Public Information Act. The orange lines show middle school rates and black lines represent high school. KXAN filed the same request with each district, but some districts compiled their statistics using different timeframes. For example, Austin ISD provided data for consecutive school years, Dripping Springs ISD provided consecutive semesters and Lake Travis ISD provided comparable semesters for two school years. While the timeframes are not the exact same, each district’s chart provides a snapshot of failure rates before and after the pandemic began.

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The results are not a total surprise. Over the summer during the height of the pandemic, overwhelmed educators were bracing for the COVID-19 slide. Faced with navigating the new landscape of virtual learning, campuses and communities across the country came up with solutions to try to set families up for success as they entered the fall.

‘Can’t reach through my webcam’

Up the road from O’Henry, at AISD’s Anderson High School, teachers agree there is a disconnect with virtual learning.

“As much as I would like to sometimes, I can’t reach through my webcam, tap you on the shoulder and say, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’” said Meghan Swartz, a freshman English teacher at Anderson High.

Swartz said some students are thriving virtually, but many are not. She believes teachers and students missed a key step to academic success at the beginning of the year.

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Anderson High School English teacher Meghan Swartz talking to KXAN via Zoom from her classroom (KXAN Photo/Erin Cargile)

“I’ve always firmly believed that you have to have some type of relationship there — especially with the freshman since they are brand new to our school community — before any sort of significant learning can happen,” Swartz said.

“These are kids that have never walked in the classroom with these teachers and that’s the real challenge,” Anderson High Principal Sammi Harrison said.

According to Harrison, only about 100 students are on campus on any given day, which is just 3-4% of the entire student body. The rest are still remote. But, even those showing up to sit in a classroom are still taking their courses on the computer. There are teachers in the rooms to help answer questions and provide additional guidance.

“Everybody has had to up their game of trying to figure out how to pull kids in when all you have is this virtual medium,” Harrison said.

Solutions for students

Harrison and her team have come up with a variety of solutions to help failing students and fight virtual fatigue.

She has asked teachers to cut down on screen time by slashing their 90 minutes of online instruction down to 60 minutes. She also lets the students use the remaining 30 minutes to work on assignments offline.

Harrison said graduation coaches make home visits to meet with families to check-in and ask how the school can help get their child’s grades up to passing.

Anderson High also started a program called Draft Fridays where teachers ask students who are falling behind to come to campus at the end of the week to meet with a teacher face-to-face.

“Every student I have had who has come back to campus has been able to improve academically to some degree,” Swartz said. “Whether that’s because they need a teacher in the room to answer their questions or whether that’s just because they don’t need to be sitting right next to their Xbox or their gaming system or their phone.”

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Cedar Ridge High School credit recovery specialist Sarah Christian working in her classroom (KXAN Photo/Erin Cargile)

At Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, where the massive campus looks like a ghost town, Sarah Christian is the one who swoops in to try to help when a student’s grades start slipping. In her role as the credit recovery specialist, she’s been working with teenagers and their families virtually and in person. Christian tries to figure out the best solution, which she said can be different for every child.

She helps students get more organized, communicates with parents and puts together large binders full of guided class notes because some students do better with pen and paper. Students who are still remote can pick them up from the campus, and Christian also has been known to make a few home deliveries.

Derrin Alderete, 18, walked into her classroom in March when he returned to the campus to get help with English and economics. The high school senior, who runs cross country and is a member of the track and field team, said his grades and mental state started taking a dive as the first semester of virtual learning progressed.

“In school you have that motivation, you have that drive, you want to turn it in because the teacher’s right there ready to give you your answer,” Alderete said. “But, at home, it’s a little bit more laid back and you’re not very motivated.”

Alderete said he is catching up more by the day. Christian said he has taken advantage of after-school labs that Cedar Ridge and other high schools in the Round Rock Independent School District have been offering for virtual and in-person students. Cedar Ridge has a late-night lab from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the week, and also gives students additional support during Saturday sessions.

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Derrin was skeptical to go back to the quiet campus, but is now glad he did. It was his mom who pushed him despite concerns about his potential exposure to COVID-19.

“I have to choose my battles,” said Derrin’s mother, Esmeralda Alderete. “Is it the safety of COVID, or is it my son’s mental health? And, to see him like that — I have to choose one.”

Esmeralda said when she picked Derrin up from school on that first day back, she could see the sparkle had returned to her son’s eyes. Christian felt the same way.

“Anytime we get a new one walk in, it’s just like the best day ever,” Christian said. “We’re not here to stand behind a computer screen. We are here to work with our students.”

Lucian and Emmett say their grades have improved since they’ve been back on campus, too. Lucian’s parents also hired a private tutor to help get him back on track. He said the individual attention has been a life saver coupled with the social aspect of being back on campus among friends.

Like Derrin, Emmett and Lucian say they just feel better, and teachers can tell.

“Even if it is not academic improvement, it is like ‘I feel like a teenager again. I feel like I actually have friends and peers, and it’s not just a name on a screen,’” Swartz said.

Investigative Photographer Ben Friberg, Graphic Artist Rachel Garza, Director of Investigations & Innovation Josh Hinkle, Photographer Julie Karam and Digital Executive Producer Kate Winkle contributed to this report.

Military Closes Failing Facility at Guantánamo Bay to Consolidate Prisoners

Major McElwain declined to say how much the consolidation cost. Over time, he said, the move would most likely mean a reduction in troops from the 1,500 mostly National Guard members who primarily serve nine-month tours of duty at the detention operation, which has been estimated to cost $ 13 million per prisoner per year[1].

Mr. Mohammed and the other high-value detainees were held at the classified Camp 7 site after their transfer to Guantánamo in September 2006. They had spent three to four years in the George W. Bush administration’s secret overseas prison network, known as black sites, where the C.I.A. subjected its prisoners to sleep deprivation, forced nudity, waterboarding and other physical and psychological abuse.

By segregating the prisoners, under the watch of a special guard unit called Task Force Platinum, the intelligence agencies could strictly monitor and control their communications and prevent them from divulging what had happened to them. Defense lawyers who were eventually granted access to the men were bound by security clearances to keep their conversations classified, including in court filings that accused government agents of state-sponsored torture.

Camp 7 was long one of Guantánamo’s most clandestine sites. The Pentagon refused to disclose its cost, which contractor built it and when. Reporters were not permitted to see it, lawyers were required to obtain a court order to visit and its location was considered classified, although sources pointed to it on a satellite map of the base[2].

In the short term, Major McElwain said, Camp 7 “will be sanitized, shut down and locked.”

“A plan for its final disposition has yet to be determined,” he said.

The former C.I.A. prisoners were kept mostly isolated in their early years at Camp 7. Each was allowed to speak with only one other prisoner through a tarp during recreation time, in conversations that were recorded for intelligence purposes.

Their lawyers described the conditions as mind-numbing until recent years, when the commanders permitted the prisoners to eat and pray together[3] under strict surveillance. They also had a cell where they could prepare food to pass time.


  1. ^ $ 13 million per prisoner per year (www.nytimes.com)
  2. ^ satellite map of the base (charliesavage.com)
  3. ^ permitted the prisoners to eat and pray together (www.nytimes.com)

Carol Rosenberg

‘I Was Failing’: Bystanders Carry Guilt From Watching George Floyd Die

MINNEAPOLIS — Alyssa Funari needed a cord to connect her cellphone to the car to play music, so she pulled up to a corner store in South Minneapolis one early evening last May.

After a long day of fishing with his son and friends, Donald Williams II headed to the same store, Cup Foods, to buy a drink and clear his head.

And 9-year-old Judeah Reynolds needed some snacks, so she walked with her older cousin to the store, which she had visited many times before, wearing a teal T-shirt inscribed with the word “Love.”

On May 25, the corner of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue was alive in its usual way, attracting a cross section of Twin Cities residents handling life’s most mundane rituals: Filling up a gas tank. Taking a stroll. Buying dinner.

But in an instant, the lives that converged on the block that evening would forever change, drawn together by agonizing moments of anger, desperation and sadness.

A week into the trial of Derek Chauvin[1], the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, a clearer picture has emerged of what transpired at that intersection beyond the gruesome, widely circulated video of Mr. Floyd crying out that he couldn’t breathe.

As the nation watched this week, witness after witness described an acute sense of lingering pain and how one corner in Minneapolis has become a haunting presence in their lives. The often tearful testimony has highlighted how the trauma of May 25 rippled outward, with eyewitnesses describing how they have been left not only with memories of the graphic end to Mr. Floyd’s life, but also guilt that they could not do anything to save him.

In their own way, each has shown the burden of being a bystander to a violent, slow-motion death, and the crippling self-doubt that followed.

Ten bystanders, ranging in age from 9 to 61, took the stand in the Hennepin County courthouse this week. Some said they can’t stomach ever going back to the place where it happened. Others, including some who didn’t appear in court, still can’t stop second-guessing what transpired.

“It was difficult because I felt like there wasn’t really anything I could do as a bystander,” said Ms. Funari, 18, who testified on Tuesday and can be seen in police body camera footage standing just off the curb in a white tank top, filming Mr. Floyd’s arrest. Referring to the police, she added, “The highest power was there, and I felt like I was failing.”

The intersection sits near one of Minneapolis’s historic Black neighborhoods. It is usually busy, with one of the few gas stations in the neighborhood and a couple of restaurants. And Cup Foods is a place people go for a little bit of everything: to purchase snacks or something more hearty like pizza puffs; to cash checks or wire money.

In the months since Mr. Floyd’s death, the intersection has been closed to traffic, and a sprawling memorial has sprung up. The Speedway gas station is closed, and activists have altered its sign to “Peoples Way.” They hold regular meetings around a bonfire in between the pumps. There is talk of community and healing. But there also has been a spike in crime, and city officials are at something of a standoff with activists over reopening the intersection.

Cup Foods is largely back to its normal rhythms, with regulars popping in and joking with the staff members, who hold court from behind a high counter. But there is an unspoken burden that many employees carry — those who have stayed, at least.

Christopher Martin, 19, was the clerk who first flagged an apparently fake $ 20 bill that Mr. Floyd had used to pay for cigarettes, setting in motion the events that led to the confrontation with the police. Testifying on Wednesday, his voice steady but strained, Mr. Martin explained that he was overcome with disbelief and guilt last May as he watched Mr. Chauvin and two other officers on top of Mr. Floyd.

“If I would have just not taken the bill, this could have been avoided,” he said in court.

Adam Abumayyaleh, who owns Cup Foods with his brothers, said in an interview that Mr. Martin came to him in tears after Mr. Floyd had died and said it was his fault.

“I told him, ‘Stop it, that’s nonsense,’” said Mr. Abumayyaleh, who was not called to testify.

Mr. Martin stopped working at Cup Foods, telling Mr. Abumayyaleh that coming to the neighborhood gave him bad energy.

Mr. Abumayyaleh himself sometimes wonders “What if?” He was the manager on duty the night Mr. Floyd died and had instructed a clerk to call the police after Mr. Floyd twice refused to return to the store after using the fake bill.

Mr. Abumayyaleh said he had been back at work for just three days last May, following a severe bout with Covid-19. He was in the middle of a three-hour job unlocking cellphones and was distracted. Had he not been busy, he said, he likely would have been the one to go out and confront Mr. Floyd and his friends about the fake bill, and the outcome might have been different.

“If I can go back, of course I would not call the police,” he said. “Objectively, I know we didn’t do anything wrong. We are not responsible for the police being bad people.”

Raykel Neubert, who works in the store’s cellphone section, also did not appear in court. She rarely discusses what happened on May 25, but the trial has forced her to relive it. She had shown up to work the day of Mr. Floyd’s death excited to be sporting the red Air Jordan III sneakers she had purchased earlier that day. That feeling would be completely upended hours later when she stood just feet from Mr. Chauvin as he knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck.

On Wednesday, she broke down in the store, where she still works, when the prosecution played surveillance footage in court from inside Cup Foods[2] on the day of Mr. Floyd’s death. It was the first time she had seen that footage, in which she appears.

It reminded her of the day’s innocuous, playful moments. People joked with Mr. Floyd about his size, and he did push-ups to show off his strength, she recalled.

A short time later, she was yelling at the police officers to get off Mr. Floyd.

“I just was in a panic,” she said. “It didn’t make sense why he was on the ground like that. He did nothing wrong enough for him to be treated like that.”

Her mother, Kelly Neubert, said that when her daughter returned to the intersection a few days later to visit the growing memorial, she saw the police in the distance, causing her to scream and run. Her daughter is not as open as she used to be and has become short-tempered, she said.

“I think the feeling of being helpless and watching that and not being able to help just ate right through her,” she said.

The growing desperation of bystanders as they realized what was happening was evident in court[3] throughout the week.

On the stand, Ms. Funari recalled being with a friend, driving her grandfather’s 2003 Buick Century, and seeing the commotion when she pulled up to Cup Foods. She soon began recording, and her pleas, sometimes punctuated with expletives, for the police to help Mr. Floyd grew angrier and more urgent as he went motionless.

A 17-year-old high school junior at the time, Ms. Funari said in her testimony that she almost decided to leave when she saw what was happening, but felt compelled to stay.

“I knew that it was wrong, and I couldn’t just walk away, even though I couldn’t do anything about it,” she said.

For 10 months, these bystanders went on with their mostly anonymous lives, living with their guilt on their own. The trial has suddenly thrust them into the spotlight, where they were asked to work through their feelings before not just a jury but also their neighbors and a country riveted by their words.

Among the most powerful testimony[4] came from Mr. Williams, 33, a mixed martial arts fighter who works as a security guard and became among the most animated bystanders. He stepped off the curb several times and was once pushed back by one of the police officers.

He warned one of the officers that they too would be haunted by their actions, and that the officer would want to kill himself for what he did to Mr. Floyd.

As he spoke in court, it was clear that Mr. Williams was still struggling with what he saw. He recalled on the stand how seeing Mr. Floyd become lifeless reminded him of watching a fish he had caught earlier that day gasp before dying.

“The more that the knee was on his neck and shimmies were going on, the more you saw Floyd fade away,” he said in court. “And like a fish in a bag, you saw his eyes slowly pale out and again slowly roll to the back.”

The youngest person to take the stand, Judeah, 9, recalled how her trip to get snacks with her cousin, Darnella Frazier, who recorded the video of Mr. Floyd that was widely seen, turned into something that will stay with her forever. In the plain-spoken manner of a child, she said seeing Mr. Chauvin on top of Mr. Floyd made her mad and sad.

“It felt like he was stopping his breathing and it’s kind of, like, hurting him,” she said.

Sheelagh McNeill contributed research.


  1. ^ trial of Derek Chauvin (www.nytimes.com)
  2. ^ from inside Cup Foods (www.nytimes.com)
  3. ^ was evident in court (www.nytimes.com)
  4. ^ the most powerful testimony (www.nytimes.com)

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Johnny Depp ex-wife Amber Heard ‘fired from Aquaman 2 after failing physical exam'

Last year Heard appeared in court to testify against Depp who had filed a lawsuit against a British newspaper. The publication suggested the 57-year-old actor was a “wife-beater”, claims he disputed. The former couple revealed details about their relationship throughout the trial including allegations Heard chopped off a portion of Depp’s finger during an argument. Heard has now reportedly been dropped from Aquaman 2 following a “physical test”.
According to Yahoo! Heard’s firing does not have anything to do with her public court battle against Depp.

The report says Heard “gained a little weight before the commencement of the shoot and the makers are not keen on continuing to work with her”.

Australian website Sausage Roll said: “Amber Heard did not pass her physical examination.

“She’s put on some pounds and is in terrible shape. There is a clause in her contract which says she is required to be in good form ahead of shooting and she violated that.”

Heard played Mera in the 2018 blockbuster Aquaman, the love interest of the titular character, Arthur Curry (played by Momoa).

READ MORE: Pirates of the Caribbean: Johnny Depp fights for studio return

If Heard has been fired from her role as Mera, she would join Depp in losing jobs since their public high court battle.

Shortly after the trial ended Depp announced his Fantastic Beasts exit on his Instagram account, writing: “In light of recent events, I would like to make the following short statement. Firstly I’d like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty. I have been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days.

“Secondly, I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected that and agreed to that request.

“Finally I wish to say this, The surreal judgement of the court in the UK will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal. My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false.

Depp continued: “My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time. Thank you for reading. Sincerely, Johnny Depp.”

Depp has also been reportedly dropped from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, following claims Margot Robbie was replacing him.

Robbie later confirmed she has joined the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean reboot.

Depp’s fate in the series has not been confirmed.